But Baella, the ancient renegade, has plans for the pair, and her plans don’t involve letting the two live out their lives in relative peace. Through her treachery, they are reunited in Pompeii, but not even Baella can stop the coming cataclysm.
Powerful forces are rising in the world of the Bachiyr, and Taras and Theron may find themselves caught up in something much bigger than they can imagine. That is, if either of them survive the mountain’s fiery anger.
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As with the other books in this series, McAfee has taken a cataclysmic event in our history and twisted it to fit into the divinely deadly world of Vampires he has created, making the story his own. In 79 A.D. we learn the true character of some familiar faces, people you may have liked become vindictive, and perhaps someone you loathed will make you see them in a different light. Enemies will become allies in a common goal, to destroy the council.
While Theron has gone into hiding to continue plotting world domination, as well as figure out how to kill his former boss and his progeny, Taras is finally figuring out what he has become and how to deal with the ramifications. Herris, oh my, where are my manners, Headcouncil Herris is trying to cover up not only his mistakes but the truth about the blood letter Ramah and where he comes from. As I said, all your favorite and hated characters make an appearance and some new faces are introduced, but I have to say, Baella just became my favorite character. I do love a well written, tortured soul that is evil incarnate, but you can't help but root for them. That is Baella for me.
This story was full of twists and turns, there were surprises around every corner and the plot was so well woven that I never really figured out where something was leading until it unfolded on the pages. The backdrop of the story is the destruction that is about to engulf the city of Pompei, but McAfee kept the focus of the story on the characters, their machinations and all the different storylines that finally converge, keeping pace with the volcano, everything erupts at the perfect moment.
As I said before, I love how McAfee takes historic events and gives them a modern twist, keeps just enough of the natural event to make the story interesting and intriguing. The ending was jaw dropping and finally, we learn the reason behind Baella's anger and hatred for the council. I'm anxious to see where the story goes from here, what natural disaster or ancient biblical tale will McAfee re-imagine for the sequel. Fans of McAfee's work that have been waiting with bated breath for this story will not be disappointed. It's raw, brutal, intricate and bloody, everything we've come to love from this author.
Definitely a must read, especially for fans of well done horror, vampires (NOT the sparkly ones), and books that will keep you on the edge of your seat until the last page, then craving more immediately. Can I give it 10 stars? Yes, I've decided, it's a TEN!
I was born in Lakenheath AFB in England. I wrote my first book at age 6 (no, it was never published!) and started my first novel at age 12. Of course, shortly afterward I discovered girls and that book remains unfinished to this day.
I currently live in Tennessee with my wife, 3 children, and a horde of furry creatures.
Tams Dream Cast for the Bachiyr!
So, those that have been following McAfee and his blog for a few years will know that at one point, there was a hint at a possible movie for the book. Sadly, that option has fallen through, for now. I'm a firm believer in putting something out there in the universe and getting it back ten fold. Well I'm putting it out there, don't stop dreaming David, I'm confident that your psychotic, murdering, vindictive and sometimes sexy vampires will be on the big screen someday! Don't burst my bubble people, a girl can dream. Anywho... were the book to be made into a movie, I've already cast a few of the characters....
I could see Christian Bale playing Headcouncil Herris. I see Herris as evil, calculated and precise. He is also conveyed in my mind as someone dark, brooding and dangerously sexy. Like his looks could bring down your barriers and then he'd swoop in for the kill. American Psycho anyone?
Theron, the assassin. I always had trouble actually picturing him when I read the first couple books. He's the type of person that would make your skin crawl, not necessarily his looks per say, just this vibe he gives. And though David might roll his eyes at the reference, the first time I saw Twilight Eclipse, when Billy is telling the story of the Quileute Legend of Taha Aki I was like, holy shit... THAT is Theron!
Beautifully misunderstood Baella. She is very Monica Belluci, don't you think? It's kind of fitting that Monica played Mary Magdalene in Passion of the Christ, just sayin...
And last but definitely not least, Taras. The Roman soldier turned unwitting Vampire by the crazy afore mentioned Theron. Watching Taras' journey unfold in each book has been both intriguing and terrifying. He truly has the potential to become a force of nature that wipes them all off the map.
I'm thinking Alexander Skaarsgard.
And just cause, I found this amazing image online, Taras and Baella.
So remember my suggestions David,when Hollywood comes calling again!
And now for the good stuff, the giveaway.
Win it before you can Buy it!
One lucky person will win an e-book copy of Omnibus, all 3 novels plus the two novellas in the Bachiyr series. Just leave a comment below. What's your favorite McAfee read? Haven't read anything by David yet? Why not?! Tell us which title will be first. I'll have Mr McAfee stop by on July 1st sometime to choose the winner from the comments left.
Thanks for stopping by David and sharing your new release with us. Until next time...
While 79 A.D. won't be available until midnight tonight (release date 6-29-15) you can click that little 'shop now' button below and pre-order it. Then you can wake up tomorrow and have a little Taras with your coffee!